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Hello Everyone, I have gathered as much as I could find and speculate about Honfleur (FSG 774) over the past few days. I tried to make sure that most of the stuff that I mention in this post isn't rep

There are some images that I have recently stumbled upon:     There have also been some articles released from some companies about supplying resources for the construction:

130 is really a sample number based on a range of different accompanied and unaccompanied traffic.  Giving a trailer capacity for any ship is always hypothetical.   As food for thought, see this link

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14 hours ago, Chef said:

He needs a Narco  boat to run cheddar and pickle across the channel .

Makes sense, the additional accommodation block could house the army of form fillers to process the paper work en route and enable him to offload the cheddar, one wedge at a time!!

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19 minutes ago, colinschandler said:

Makes sense, the additional accommodation block could house the army of form fillers to process the paper work en route and enable him to offload the cheddar, one wedge at a time!!

He`d be eating it one wedge at a time as it came off ...pausing only to add the Branston of course🤣

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On 09/02/2021 at 12:05, Gareth said:

 

Is it my imagination or has her funnel been removed?  If so, is that an indication that they might be modifying her engines to run on more conventional fuel?

 

I’m pretty sure it hasn’t, it just looks like the scaffolding they’ve used blends into the background and looks like a building. You can still see the top of the funnel poking out of the scaffolding with the antenna/mast-esque thing.

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Hello Everyone, I have gathered as much as I could find and speculate about Honfleur (FSG 774) over the past few days. I tried to make sure that most of the stuff that I mention in this post isn't repeated from other forums by reading through the original 100 and something page long forum about Honfleur. If I make any mistakes, or there is something to disprove my findings then please do correct me. Right, Are we ready? Let's go....

Rescue Lifeboat on Deck 8/9

My first finding was the existence of a Rescue Lifeboat that is situated at the back of either Deck 8 or Deck 9, (on the areas with glass at the back of them). I checked to see whether my eyes were deceiving me, as they have a habit of doing that, and I looked on one of RickOShea's earlier posts and, somehow, I wasn't wrong in seeing the 6th Lifeboat. See Photos for evidence:

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Credit - Andy

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Credit - RickOShea

My Second Finding: The Interiors

For my second finding it is mainly about the layout of the ship, in which I have looked at, the very blurry, deckplans provided in an earlier post made by RickOShea, I cleared up the deck plans and gave my best shot at estimating where everything is based of of renderings, videos and things we knew that she already had onboard:2086139451_HonfleurResearchDeckPlans.thumb.PNG.daf9e91bebd80ca766eb310a553d44a8.PNG

Credit - RickOShea, Edited by Me

Continuing on this finding I was around 80% sure that the video uploaded to Facebook and Twitter isn't on the original Honfleur Forum so I thought I may as well provide the twitter link for those who need a refresher and those who haven't seen it. Personally, I think if Honfleur eventually became Honfleur, under Brittany Ferries, and she had these interiors I think she would've been a wonderful addition to the fleet, with a sense of Character unlike the WB Yeats. Here's the link: Brittany Ferries on Twitter: "A look inside Honfleur. In our next video, Samy Barbier, Commissaire, gives us a foretaste of the experience and areas customers can look forward to: https://t.co/efZpc9e0gM" / Twitter

Also, The Giverny Restaurant was unfortunately not featured in the video, however I can imagine that, since it's based off of the Giverny Gardens, it would have pink accents with various shades of green furniture along with a few accents of purple and a generally natural feel to the room. I point I made on my version of the deckplans, as featured above, which is the 'Bar and Self Service Restaurant are connected', I said that due to the similar pattern around the outskirts of the rooms on the ceiling, which makes me believe that there is a way to get from the bar via the self service restaurant and vice versa. 

The Crane

The Crane has always seemed like a controversial subject in the Honfleur Forums with massive discussions being made over this crane and recently we have seen new photos of Honfleur emerge at Fosen Yard. I have a point to make about this Crane and some of you may not like it however I believe that my eyes aren't deceiving me on this one! I believe that Fosen are beginning to complete the Crane system and before you call me insane🙃, I have evidence.276649395_HonfleurResearchLNGCrane1.PNG.ff83af1498b4a5673bcf2bc3a91c43a2.PNG

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Credit - Gene Anifmov

Now if you look really closely it looks as if the crane system/structure has been added, as it is in the right place, it's the right size and it doesn't just look like a normal bit of scaffolding. I don't know what to make of this discovery so your thoughts are welcome, however it does look like the one shown in the renderings:

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Credit - Brittany Ferries

The 'Blue' Paint At The Front Of The Ship 

In the same set of photos that I mentioned above, there is what appears to be a livery that is quite similar to the DFDS colours, however, I don't think that it is what that is, and instead think that it is an undercoat, or the 'packaging tape' that was there before, when it was in FSG, as the areas that they have placed it in are where FSG had previously welded/painted. To further this theory, the colour of the paint seems to not actually be blue and is more of a grey colour which is fairly similar to the undercoat used on Normandie when she had her 2013 refit, very specific I know😅. I have attached photos that show what I mean by 'packaging tape' and show the grey at the front of the ship. 

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Credit - Gene Anifmov

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Credit - Oliver Sesemann

The Funnel Appearing To Have Disappeared

Personally I don't think they've removed the funnel, I think what they are doing is adding the 'scaffolding' look to the funnel that I'm pretty sure wasn't completed by the time she left FSG, as there was defiantly scaffolding around the funnel until about a week before she left for Norway, if you don't understand what I mean, here's a photo:

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Credit - Brittany Ferries

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Credit - Fabianv

Cancellation Dating Back To March

This one makes the most sense and most likely is fact but just not confirmed yet, back in March 2020 when the Destination Honfleur website was 'temporarily mothballed', I believe they were the words used🙃, there was a photo uploaded to ShipSpotting which I am most certainly sure has the scratched out Honfleur name on the side that we seemingly first saw properly in October/November time when she was toed to Fosen. Here's the photo:1143285801_HonfleurResearchNameScratchedofffromatleastMarch15th2020.PNG.fe9889e0a828cc43308e0a5b275b584a.PNG

Credit Fabianv

So there you guys go, that is all I could compile about The Honfleur, apologies if any of this has already been mentioned before and I just haven't seen it. As I've said further up in this post, your thoughts and ideas on everything are welcome.

- Solomon

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Given that the Honfleur thread is locked, I will use this one, please move if desired.

The latest Siem report includes

In addition, the Company owns the RoPax vessel “Honfleur” which was transferred from FSG Shipyard in Germany as part of the settlement of the Company’s historic involvement with the yard. Honfleur is being completed at a shipyard in Norway and is expected to be delivered in the third quarter this year. The intention is to sell the vessel or charter it out long-term. There appears to be good demand for vessels of the Honfleur’s specification.

 

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1 hour ago, David Williams said:

Given that the Honfleur thread is locked, I will use this one, please move if desired.

This is the thread about the ex-BF vessel formerly known as Honfleur.  This thread is not locked.

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At the risk of needing a tin hat😁 its interesting that the Hull is going to be available for long term charter. Now whilst there may be a number of suitors for it, might one of them be BF?.. Realistically the only way they are going to obtain new, suitable, tonnage is by going further down the leasing route. Or is it probable that given their previous history with the vessel that their interest might not be appreciated?..

As always time will tell.

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There is another snippet in this section which refers to it as dual fuelled.

In April 2020, FSG entered into self-administration and a trustee was appointed for managing the estate and if possible, financially restructure FSG for going concern. Siem Europe had provided funding to FSG for the construction of a dual fuelled LNG Ropax vessel at the yard and formed part of the creditor committee established as a result of the self-administration. In August 2020, Siem Europe reached a settlement agreement with the trustee of the estate of FSG. As part of the agreement a wholly owned subsidiary of Siem Europe took title over the hull of the LNG Ropax vessel

The report can be downloaded from https://www.siemindustries.com/reports-2/

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I suppose it's possible BF may be an interested party. Although, any financial commitment to another new vessel, with another one already on the way, given the current financial problems because of covid must be an issue for BF. If restrictions continue for most of this year I can't see her going anywhere quickly. 

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There are some images that I have recently stumbled upon:
 
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There have also been some articles released from some companies about supplying resources for the construction:
 
The first one is Teknortherm who are supplying HVAC systems:
 
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TEKNOTHERM TO FINALIZE THE HVAC SYSTEMS FOR ROPAX HONFLEUR

We are excited to announce that we have been awarded the contract to finalize the HVAC systems for RoPax ferry HONFLEUR. Back in 2017 Brittany Ferries ordered HONFLEUR at Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellshaft (FSG) Shipyard in Germany. However, when FSG Shipyard went bankrupt in 2019, its Norwegian owner Siem Group signed a contract with Fosen Yard in Norway to complete the project.

HONFLEUR – now named newbuilding 93 – was designed to become a 187.4 m LNG fuelled RoPax ferry. The 42,000gt vessel can carry up to 1,680 passengers, with 261 individual cabins, and has a 2,600 lane meter freight deck, with a capacity of 130 freight trucks, or 550 passenger cars and 64 trucks.

Now that the ship has been moved to Norway for completion, Fosen Yard awarded Teknotherm the contract to finalize the HVAC systems. The original contract to supply the HVAC systems was awarded to sister company Drews Marine in Germany in 2017, but this contract was cancelled when FSG Shipyard went bankrupt. Fortunately, Fosen Yard could rely on another HVAC specialist within the Heinen & Hopman group to finalize the project in Norway.

 

The Second is Westing who are suppling paint:

MAJOR CONTRACT WITH FOSEN YARDS
Fosnavåg, 21/12 202
Westing has entered into an agreement with Fosen Yards AS in Rissa for the delivery of paint, industrial detergents and technical service for the passenger ferry Honfluer belonging to the shipping company Siem Group. The agreement includes the delivery of approximately 70,000 liters of paint.
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- This is one of the largest single contracts Westing has had in its history, and shows that the strong focus on both technical expertise and good products gives results. We have skilled employees at all levels, which customers value. This is simply a very pleasant outcome for a special year, says sales manager at Westing, Steinar Nupen.
 
Fosen Yard has been commissioned by Siem Group to complete the large and modern passenger ferry that takes up to 550 cars, is 185 meters long and has a width of 31 meters. The ship was started up at a German shipyard that went bankrupt in the summer of 2020. Now the ship has arrived at Fosen Yard for completion of equipment and commissioning.


Unfortunately, I couldn't find the original article for Westing but because it was in Norwegian I had to put it through google translate (hence why I still have all the information) and it had another photo of the Honfleur which is similar to the 3rd photo that is on this post but a lot closer and looking up at the ship but because the article is gone I can't show it to the forum.

I find it interesting how they are still calling the ship Honfleur instead of NB 93 or some name that Siem have to come up with. Anyway, this is all I could find.

-Solomon

 

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